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May 26, 2015

UPDATE: $354 Needed by May 31st!

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YOU CAN MAKE ADOPTION A REALITY. Did you know nearly two in five practicing Christians have considered adoption, but only 5% have actually done it?* What keeps people from pursuing adoption? As you know, one of the biggest barriers to adoption is the cost. Depending on the circumstances, adoption can cost up to $50,000! It makes sense why many families who have a heart for vulnerable children look at adoption as something they desire, but it is just too hard to grasp because of the high costs. But guess what? YOU can help make adoption possible! GIVE TODAY  Join us this month in providing adoption matching grants for 4 families, helping bridge the financial gap to bring their children home — the May 31st $10,000 goal is almost raised! Help make adoption a reality! $9,646 of $10,000 has been raised.  Two families have been awarded matching grants thanks to generous donations through this … Continue reading

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May 21, 2015

Can You Help?

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ADOPTION IS EXPENSIVE. The more Lance and Amy learned about the orphan crisis, the more convinced they became that God wanted them to adopt. They saw the need and knew it would be wrong to do nothing to help. Like many families who adopt, Lance and Amy wanted to finance the adoption on their own, but expenses mounted and the task seemed impossible. “It was not easy to share our need and ask for others to help us, yet friends and family responded generously.” God continued to impress on Lance and Amy’s hearts that He would bless those who defended the fatherless, regardless of the role they played. With only a couple months left in their adoption process, Lance and Amy depleted their savings and believed their final option was to take out a loan to finance travel expenses to and from Colombia. God gloriously provided the opportunity for a … Continue reading

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May 15, 2015

10 Ways to {Financially} Help an Adopting Family

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Let’s be honest. Adoption is expensive. Like what in the world did we get into? expensive. But the truth is–God provides. Is anything too hard for Him? (Jeremiah 32:27) Story after story could be told about unexpected tax returns or generous anonymous donations that paid important fees for families in process. Though it doesn’t always feel like it at the time, one of the most faith-building aspects of the adoption process is witnessing how–not if–God will meet the needs of His children. Contributing to a family’s adoption allows us the opportunity to participate in the providence of God. And the best part? We don’t need to have a lot of money to make a major impact on an adopting family. Consider these 10 ways we can bless an adopting family: 1. Donate items to a garage sale (or host a garage sale on the adopting family’s behalf).2. Advertise a babysitting event and donate all … Continue reading

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May 13, 2015

Growing from 5 to 11

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Michael and Suzanne say they’re just an ordinary family. They help out with homework, share family dinners, and try to keep their schedule straight. While this ordinary family started out with three children, God has been leading them on an adventure… Through a study of Isaiah, God spoke to Suzanne through His Word, piercing her heart to “seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17) This was the start of a four-year journey leading Suzanne and her husband, Michael, to Ethiopia 3 separate times to adopt 6 precious children.   How in the world could they afford this?   Through the love, support, and generosity of their local orphan ministry, they received matching grants through Lifesong to help fundraise to meet the financial cost of each adoption. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants acted as a catalyst, encouraging others to give, while raising awareness of … Continue reading

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May 8, 2015

3 Truths When Mother’s Day Is Hard

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  For women all over the country, Sunday will bring a bombardment of sticky, unidentifiable crafts. Mothers will treasure these masterpieces even if they have no idea what they actually are. Fact: There are worse things in life than looking like a hippo in a child’s drawing of the family– Take, for instance, being childless on Mother’s Day. If it is the desire of your heart to have a child and you dwell in the wilderness of waiting, Mother’s Day can be as enjoyable as dental surgery. I experienced three of these motherless holidays while waiting to adopt my oldest child. By the third year of waiting, I wanted to visit a new church on Mother’s Day, if only to be a chameleon in the crowd, unsusceptible to the sympathetic looks and knowing glances of people who knew my heart was broken. I had begged God to give me my son … Continue reading

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May 4, 2015

Give the Gift of Mom

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Mother’s Day represents joy and festivity. Children everywhere celebrate their mothers for the love and care they bring to the home. For one day of the year, these women whose hands are full are honored as they should be. Except not every child has a mother. And not every mother has a child. Mother’s Day can be yet another painful reminder to women and children that they don’t have the thing they most desire. This Mother’s Day, please join us in giving the gift of Mom. Every little donation to adoption matching grants helps put families together. You can bridge the financial barriers to help make adoption possible through Lifesong’s Adoption Funding tools. Join us this month to raise $10,000 for Adoption Matching Grants, helping 4 adoptive families move one step closer to their forever child. Next year, Mother’s Day will come again and we will weep with those whose arms are empty, … Continue reading

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April 27, 2015

Lizzy: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Enjoy this update from Village of Hope missionary, Amy Block: “She was abandoned at 10 days old in a cold, stark hospital room. The social worker called around for hours looking for a children’s home who would take her in. Children with a diagnosis such as hers are hard to place. The responsibilities are huge, the cost is high. But we know a Savior who already covered the cost. Three days later, Lizzy had a shunt put into her head to alleviate the pressure.  “I will not leave you as orphans:  I will come to you.” John 14:18 Lizzy was diagnosed with Hydranencephaly. Hydranencephaly is a rare neurological condition in which most of the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced with fluid. The MRI showed she only had 10% of her brain. The doctors looked at us with no hope in their eyes, saying she would have no quality of … Continue reading

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